What is a Living Learning Community?
Oh, college, that wonderful place where we branch out and begin to learn at least part of what being an adult entails.
For many of us, it will be the first time that we have lived away from the comforts of home, whether that means being away from our parents, our pets or, possibly the most sorely missed thing, mom’s cooking.
Living in a dorm room is very different from living at home. For some, the idea of living surrounded by people you don’t know might be terrifying, not to mention all the questions and doubts that come with sharing a room with a complete stranger.
Thankfully, Angelo State has you covered, if you meet certain requirements.
ASU has Living Learning Communities in the Plaza Verde and Texan Hall residence halls, where certain students are placed on the same floor as others who share similar characteristics. The Living Learning Communities at ASU are currently organized as follows:
- First-generation students
- Agriculture majors
- Geosciences majors
- Engineering majors
- Honors students
This is my second year to live in the Honors housing in Texan Hall, and I have to say I think it is a pretty unique experience.
To begin with, you are surrounded by other students who are similar to you. For Honors, that means being around students who are just as driven and determined to go the extra mile. While there are students who are not in the Honors Program living on the same floor, the overwhelming majority of us are in the program. This helps you remember faces and names because you see people both at Honors events and in passing to and from your room each day.
Another nice thing about these communities is that you will probably room with somebody who is in the same situation as you, whether that is being in the Honors Program, being a first-generation student, or sharing the same major.
I know this was personally a blessing to me, because my roommate and I were both incredibly nervous about all the new experiences we were going to have. Having each other as a sort of buffer helped. We went to Honors events together and it helped alleviate some of the ubiquitous discomfort of being surrounded by people you had never seen before, because you had at least one familiar person by your side.
The Living Learning Communities give you an easy way to connect with people who share similar interests or goals with you. Automatically having something in common with the people who live near you shortens the distance you have to travel to become friends.
I personally have benefited from living in Honors housing, and I hope that, if you meet the requirements for one of them, you will give a Living Learning Community a chance.